Category Archives: Space

Be part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 5 – 9 November 2018

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week  provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Download toolkits of ideas on how to take part.

This year’s plans include the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly; offering schools across the UK the chance to take part in the same assembly at the same time.

Take part in the Children’s Conference at the PSEC in June 2019

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC is an exciting and unique opportunity for schools to participate in a dedicated primary science conference. The event will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC).

The theme of the conference is Climate Change, Sustainable Living and Environmental Science. Schools will be encouraged to develop their own projects focused on finding a local issue and developing solutions for it and then share their work: either by attending the Conference or submitting a poster/film of their activity.

Schools can register their Interest at and download the free Climate Change Teachers’ Project Pack. The pack has ideas for projects in ten different areas; as well as advice on developing partnerships, planning projects and a Climate Change Special Topical Science Update.

Look out for more information in late 2018 when schools will be able to apply to present their projects at the PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC in June 2019.

Keep up to date with what’s going on:

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SCOTTISH FLIGHT – From Theory to Space

Lord Smith of Kelvin Lecture 2017

Lord Smith of Kelvin Lecture is an annual lecture with a Scottish perspective on aviation and innovation topics delivered at the University of Strathclyde by noted Scots who have previously been the recipient of a Baird of Bute Society Scottish Award. It was established by the Society and the University to honour Lord Smith of Kelvin who is both Patron of the Society and Chancellor of the University.

Date: Thursday 7 September 2017

Venue: University of Strathclyde, McCance Building

Lecture 1: Scotland’s William Leitch: Space Rocket Scientist

Dr Eleanor Campbell FRSC FinstP FRSE FRS

Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Lecture 2: Scotland’s Contribution to Aviation and Aerospace

Dr Iain Gray CBE FRSE FREng

Director Aerospace, Cranfield University

Vice President, Royal Society of Edinburgh


5.30pm     Registration and Refreshments

6.00pm     Presentations

7.15pm     Networking Reception

8.00pm     Event Close

Baird of Bute Society Trust  recognises the achievements of Bute blacksmith, Andrew Blain Baird who, in 1910 recorded the “first attempted all Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight” in an aircraft of his own manufacture. The Society employs his example to inspire the youth of Scotland to aspire to achievement in their lives through awards and recognitions, school programmes, scholarships and the support of educational activities

Please register by Friday 1 September 2017:

Enquiries to or 0141 548 2245

Download Lord Smith Lecture Invitation

STEM Insight



STEM Insight






The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial settings.

You will be able to participate in a placement with an employer, be supported by face-to-face and online CPD from STEM Learning and SSERC, and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for your students.

If you are from a local authority school or college you will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight programme is £283+VAT, with a £1450 bursary for a ten day placement and a £800 bursary for a five day placement.

For more information visit or contact


Curiosity Project – STEM Resources available


The Curiosity Project is a three-year engagement programme by Siemens, broadening existing investment to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life in the UK.

The UK is great at engineering but there is a problem; there aren’t enough young people studying STEM and becoming engineers.

The project is underpinned by an education programme providing free STEM-related resources that bring STEM education to life. Resources cover topics such as mars, landing, tilting turbines, hybrid buses, floating and workshops about STEM. Careers.

Visit the Curiosity Project website to find out more and start downloading!

Topical Science – Gravitational Waves

Physicists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that travel at the speed of light. Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity predicted the existence of these waves 100 years ago, but this is the first time that they have been detected directly.

They used highly sensitive equipment to measure two black holes, which collided many light years away. The detection proves gravity travels as a wave, but what is gravity?

For younger learners watch the Tigtag film Gravity in our Universe with your class to discover more.

For older learners, watch Black Holes to learn more about the mysterious phenomena that allowed scientists to collect this data.



Twig, Tigtag and Tigtag Junior are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad. We provide online walk-throughs for teachers at a time that suits. Interested? Contact us on 0141 353 7700 or via our contact page

Register to receive further e-bulletins from Twig Newsdesk and Tigtag Topical Science.


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Topical Science – Tim Peake makes historic spacewalk

Major Tim Peake, the first astronaut representing the UK to carry out a spacewalk, has described the experience as ‘exhilarating’.

Peake and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday 15 January to replace a broken voltage regulator. The pair were outside the space station for almost five hours and managed to replace the broken piece of equipment, but the operation needed to be cut short after water leaked into Kopra’s helmet.

About four hours after becoming the first Briton to walk in space, Peake tweeted three pictures of the experience and shared his feelings on looking down and seeing Earth from space.

Today’s exhilarating #spacewalk will be etched in my memory forever – quite an incredible feeling!

Watch the Twig film Man on The Moon: Part 1 to discover more about space missions. Alternatively, watch the Tigtag film Filtration on the ISS to find out more about life in space (a Glow login is required to access these videos).

Twig, Tigtag and Tigtag Junior are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.

Register to receive further e-bulletins from Twig Newsdesk and Tigtag Topical Science.

Keep up to date with Tim Peake during his 6 month mission on the ISS by following @astro_timpeake on Twitter.

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Cosmic classroom – link with Tim Peake live on the ISS!

Calling all teachers and pupils! Spend 20 minutes linked up LIVE to British ESA astronaut Tim Peake on the Cosmic classroomInternational Space Station. Sign up to take part and make it the world’s largest schools and space science event. Join Tim’s mission as he orbits the Earth.

The countdown to the cosmic classroom has begun.

In early 2016 The UK Space Agency will be simultaneously linking up schools across the UK with British astronaut Tim Peake LIVE on the ISS in its cosmic classroom. UK students will have live access to an astronaut in space! The UK Space agency will keep you updated in January 2016 with details of how you can get involved.

Interact with an astronaut! Register for the Cosmic Classroom today.